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David Lemuel Keith (born May 8, 1954) is an American actor and director.

Keith had an early supporting role in the prison film Brubaker. He also appeared in the 1995 film The Indian in the Cupboard as the cowboy "Boo-Hoo" Boone. He also had a supporting role in The Rose, starring Bette Midler, and later co-starred with Richard Gere in An Officer and a Gentleman. Keith also played a local thug in The Great Santini, starred in The Lords of Discipline and White of the Eye, and held a prominent supporting role in U-571 opposite Matthew McConaughey. He played opposite child-star Drew Barrymore in the 1984 hit Firestarter and Brooke Shields in 1992's Running Wild. Keith played Elvis Presley in the 1988 film Heartbreak Hotel. He directed The Curse and The Further Adventures of Tennessee Buck (in which he also starred). He played the leading role of Nate Springfield in the 2003 film Hangman's Curse. He also co-starred in The Class, an American sitcom, as Yonk Allen, a retired professional football player. Other roles include parts in Daredevil, the 2002 TV-movie Carrie as the Detective John Mulcahey and television shows such as Navy NCIS, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , Law & Order: Criminal Intent and High Incident. More recently, he appeared in the 2004 film Raise Your Voice starring Hilary Duff, and the 2006 film Expiration Date.

Keith was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of Hilda Earle, a worker for the Knox County Board of Education, and Lemuel Grady Keith, Jr., a personnel division worker for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is of Scots-Irish ancestry.

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